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LINGUIST List 24.1500

Wed Apr 03 2013

Books: Elements of Chinese Grammar: Marshman

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Apr-2013
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Elements of Chinese Grammar: Marshman
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Title: Elements of Chinese Grammar
Subtitle: With a Preliminary Dissertation on the Characters, and the Colloquial
Medium of the Chinese, and an Appendix Containing the Tahyoh of Confucius
with a Translation

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item7094655/Elements%20of%20Chinese%20Grammar/?site_locale=en_US

Author: Joshua Marshman

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108055994 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 43.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108055994 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 67.00


Chinese, in its various forms, is spoken today by over a billion people,
making it the most spoken language in the world. A member of the Sino-Tibetan
family, it is a tone language with an analytic structure. First published in
1814, this grammar of colloquial Chinese was compiled by the Christian
missionary Joshua Marshman (1768–1837), who was inspired to do so after
preparing a Chinese translation of the Bible. It begins with a preliminary
essay outlining the characters of Chinese, its tones, its system of
monosyllables and its relationship to neighbouring languages. The grammar
itself is extensive, covering all aspects of the language's structure,
including case, agreement, pronouns, verbs, mood, tense, prosody, parts of
speech and dialect variation. Illustrated with numerous examples and
explaining each grammatical concept in detail, this work remains useful and
relevant in historical linguistics.


Preliminary dissertation

Part I. On the Characters

Part II. On the Colloquial Medium
Elements of Chinese grammar
1. Of substantives
2. Of pronouns
3. Of verbs
4. Of particles
5. Of syntax
6. Of dialect


Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)

Written In: English (eng)

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